During his time at Ferrari, Byrne designed cars that between them won a total of 70 Grand Prix races, making him one of the most successful car designers in the sport - although his mantle has since been taken by Adrian Newey thanks to his recent phenomenal run of wins at Red Bull Racing.
Newey's success has forced Ferrari's team principal Stefano Domenicali to push his design team for even more innovative and "extreme solutions" to try and put them back on an even technical footing with their rivals in 2013.
Auto Motor und Sport
quotes one unnamed Maranello insider as hinting that the F138's rear profile actually closely mimics that of the 2012 Red Bull RB8 - except that it pushes the concept even further for the new season.
"We are just waiting for Newey to complain about our rear suspension," the paper quoted the insider as saying.
Red Bull's own new challenger for 2013 is unveiled on Sunday at 1pm, and given Newey's reputation will doubtless raise just as many eyebrows and inspire just as many plaintive appeals to the FIA as his previous cars have managed to do in the past.